Pokémon Den

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A Trainer standing before a Pokémon Den

A Pokémon Den (Japanese: ポケモンの Pokémon Den) is a location in where Dynamax Pokémon may reside. These residents may be fought in Max Raid Battles. Pokémon Dens appear in the Galar region in the Wild Area, the Isle of Armor, and the Crown Tundra.

Pokémon Dens look like small stone circles and can be found either on land or in the water. When a Dynamax Pokémon is present, a giant pillar of light emerges from the den, visible from a great distance. When the Pokémon is defeated, the pillar of light disappears.


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There are 99 standard Pokémon Dens throughout the Wild Area. There is also one special Pokémon Den, the Watchtower Lair, where the player can summon specific Dynamax Pokémon using Dynamax Crystals, but it cannot be activated any other way.

When a den is activated, it has three basic variables: encounter pool (a set of Pokémon the encounter is selected from), star rating (a subset within the pool generally relating to difficulty: similar levels and behaviors), and encounter (a 0-99 value that determines the encounter based on the relevant probabilities).

Active and inactive dens

Only a limited number of Pokémon Dens can be active (i.e. contain Dynamax Pokémon) at any one time.

When the player begins a new game, a full eight random dens are activated in the Wild Area. At the beginning of each day, all currently active random dens are deactivated, and an equal number of dens are randomly activated. When all random dens are cleared, the game will immediately activate eight new random dens. Whenever new random dens are selected (either by the date changing or all random dens being cleared), all Pokémon Dens in the Wild Area start glowing, allowing the player to collect Watts again.

In addition to the random dens, a Wishing Piece can be used on a den to activate that specific den. A den activated by a Wishing Piece will remain until it is defeated or the player using a Wishing Piece on another den. Random dens are reset whenever all random dens are cleared, regardless of whether a Wishing Piece den is present.


Separate from the pillars of light, dens may also have a slight red glow on their ring of stones. Interacting with such a den will provide Watts, after which the red glow will disappear. All dens restore Watts when a new day starts or when all daily dens are cleared.

The amount of Watts the player collects depends on whether the den has a Dynamax Pokémon present and on the player's progress.

No Dynamax Pokémon Dynamax Pokémon
Before defeating Eternatus 50 Watts 300 Watts
After defeating Eternatus 200 Watts 2,000 Watts

Colors and encounters

All Pokémon Dens have two standard pools of encounters: a common pool and a rare pool. The pillar of light rising from a den indicates which pool was selected. A "weak" red pillar of light indicates the common pool, while a "strong" purple pillar of light indicates the rare pool. If Wild Area News has been downloaded from Mystery Gift in the menu, a third pool for that data is also accessible, which also produces a red pillar of light. The rates of selection for these pools depend on how the den was generated.

Each pool has a type theme, where almost all Pokémon that can appear in that pool share a particular type; Pokémon that do not match the type theme typically have an evolutionary relative who does. A den's common pool and rare pool usually are the same type, but are not necessarily. Dens can have different pools between games, due to version-exclusive Pokémon appearing in dens.

Wishing Piece dens generate their contents independently of other dens. If Wild Area News data is present, the rate for selecting from the Wild Area News pool versus one of the standard pools is determined by a value in the Wild Area News data that changes in 1/16 increments. (For instance, for the Mewtwo event, a value of four made the Wild Area News rate 25%, leaving the standard pools at a 75% rate.) Between the standard pools, the common pool is selected at an 87.5% rate (7/8).[1]

Wild Area News pool 6.25% × X
Standard pools 100% - 6.25% × X
Common pool 87.5%
Rare pool 12.5%

Random dens determine their contents in the same way, but with constraints on what the full set of random dens contain. When a set of random dens are generated, at most one can be a rare-pool (purple) den (but it is also possible for there to be no rare-pool dens). If Wild Area News data is present, a certain number of dens will also always select from the Wild Area News pool, with this number being defined in the event data, and is usually the same value as sets the Wishing Piece rate. For example, for the Mewtwo event, a value of 4 would mean four dens would always have Wild Area News encounters; if four or fewer random dens remained active when the day changed, all four newly selected dens would have Wild Area News encounters.

Badges and star ratings

While the entire Wild Area is explorable at any point, dens will only become active in certain parts largely depending on the Badges the player has.

Badges also determine the possible star ratings of battles. The star rating determines a Dynamax Pokémon's level and its behavior, such as whether it uses shields. It also often corresponds to more evolved or rarer Pokémon, and special attributes like more flawless IVs, a possible Hidden Ability, and a Gigantamax factor.

Any available star ratings have an equal chance of being selected when a new den is generated.

Unlocked areas Available ratings
1-star 2-star 3-star 4-star 5-star
0 Badges Land dens: western south Wild Area
Excluding South Lake Miloch, Giant's Seat, and North Lake Miloch
1 Badge Land dens: full south Wild Area
2 Badges
3 Badges Land dens: north Wild Area
4 Badges
5 Badges
6 Badges
Rotom Bike Water Mode Water dens
7 Badges
8 Badges


Pokémon in active dens have fixed stats. Resetting the game or battling them multiple times will not change their stats once the den has been generated.

The game also maintains two extra sets of daily dens after the current set. This means that, if the game was saved before clearing the last daily den, resetting the game and clearing it will always result in the same dens and Pokémon. If the day changes, some of the stored dens will remain fixed, but some may change.


Main article: Max Raid Battle

Max Raid Battles pit four Trainers against a Dynamax Pokémon. The player can "Invite others" to connect wirelessly or over the Internet. If fewer than four players are present when the battle is started, random NPC Trainers will fill the remaining spots.

In battles with higher star ratings, the Dynamax Pokémon will activate shields that greatly reduce the damage it takes. A normal attack will clear a single discrete portion of the shields, while a Max Move will clear two portions.

List of Dens

Wild Area

Isle of Armor

Crown Tundra

In the manga

A Pokémon Den in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Sword & Shield arc

Pokémon Dens first appeared in Zap!! A Rising Beam of Light. When a pair of Team Yell Grunts tried to destroy their Gym Challenge uniforms, Henry and Casey forced the Grunts into a nearby den. Once inside, the four had to team up and defeat a Dynamax Gurdurr in order to leave.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寶可夢巢穴 Pokémon Chàauhyuht
Mandarin 寶可夢巢穴 / 宝可梦巢穴 Pokémon Cháoxuè / Pokémon Cháoxué
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Pokémon-schuilplaats
France Flag.png French Antre de Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon-Nester
Italy Flag.png Italian Tana di Pokémon
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬굴 Pokémon Gul
Russia Flag.png Russian Жилище Покемонов Zhilishche Pokémonov
Spain Flag.png Spanish Nido Pokémon


  • Pokémon Dens were inspired by the Giant's Causeway, a collection of basalt columns in Northern Ireland.[2]
  • If the player stands close to an active den, it will emit a "glowing" sound effect. Rare dens produce a sound with a lower pitch than common dens.


Pokémon Dens
South Wild Area
Rolling FieldsDappled GroveWatchtower Ruins (Lair) • East Lake AxewellWest Lake Axewell
Axew's EyeSouth Lake MilochGiant's SeatNorth Lake Miloch
North Wild Area
Motostoke RiverbankBridge FieldStony WildernessDusty BowlGiant's Mirror
Hammerlocke HillsGiant's CapLake of Outrage
Isle of Armor
Fields of HonorSoothing WetlandsForest of FocusChallenge BeachBrawlers' Cave
Challenge RoadCourageous CavernLoop LagoonTraining LowlandsPotbottom Desert
Workout SeaStepping-Stone SeaInsular SeaHoneycalm SeaHoneycalm Island
Crown Tundra
Slippery SlopeFrostpoint FieldGiant's BedOld Cemetery
Snowslide SlopePath to the PeakCrown ShrineGiant's Foot
Frigid SeaThree-Point PassBallimere LakeDyna Tree Hill
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